04 July 2019. Thursday of the Thirteenth Week in Ordinary Time
Reflection (Sem. Peter Collin C. Crisostomo)
In Today’s Gospel, Jesus healed a paralytic man. He commanded the paralytic to act on his state. It is a great reminder for everyone especially when we are experiencing great trials and difficult conditions. He commanded the man to take courage for his sins are forgiven and rise and pick his stretcher and go home.
What does this mean to me? For me I think this scenario reminds me of my experience especially when I am hearing confession. I need to take courage to approach Jesus in the sacrament of penance to find healing. Upon the absolution of the priest, it is like Jesus who is commanding me to rise and sin no more.
The “stretcher” that Jesus commanded the paralytic to carry may be a symbol for my dignity as a human that was lost when I sinned and was brought back to me when I received the sacrament of reconciliation.
I am also reminded by the event that, Jesus did perform a miracle not to prove Himself but to attend to the needs of the afflicted. I am being healed not because I am entitled to it, but because of His mercy and compassion for me. That is why I am healed.
The forgiveness being granted to me by Jesus is very much dependent on Him. I am thankful that He grants me courage to go to confession because it is really a grace to approach and be reconciled to Him so that I can fully experience His love and mercy.
The Gospel Today
Matthew 9: 1 – 8
After entering a boat, Jesus made the crossing, and came into his own town.
And there people brought to him a paralytic lying on a stretcher.
When Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic,
“Courage, child, your sins are forgiven.”
At that, some of the scribes said to themselves,
“This man is blaspheming.”
Jesus knew what they were thinking, and said,
“Why do you harbor evil thoughts?
Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?
But that you may know that the Son of Man
has authority on earth to forgive sins”–
he then said to the paralytic,
“Rise, pick up your stretcher, and go home.”
He rose and went home.
When the crowds saw this they were struck with awe
and glorified God who had given such authority to men.